From the desk of Steve Cabot: In the 1993 romantic comedy, “Groundhog Day,” weatherman Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, was forced to live through the same dreadful 24 hours, again and again, where nothing changed – until he did. Central to the plot was that only he was aware of this repetitive phenomenon; everyone else was totally oblivious. It was an amusing film and did well at the box office.
Unfortunately, employers – and the rest of America – are being forced to live through a darker, more sinister version of this movie, one in which the lead character continues to push his Big Labor “change” agenda without regard to constitutional restrictions or political precedent. Unlike the original, however, we are all very much aware of what’s going on – only nobody’s laughing, except union leaders and their allies.
The most recent and egregious examples of the president’s imperial excess can be seen in his brazen misuse of “interim appointments” to fill vacancies on the NLRB. With the Senate still officially in session, Mr. Obama ignored the vetting role of that body and simply declared that pro-union partisans Richard Griffin and Sharon Block would join Terence Flynn as new, unapproved members. When challenged by Senate leaders, the president had his Attorney General issue a lockstep ruling supporting his decision. So much for the separation of powers.
But it doesn’t stop there. For example, when Congress refused to pass legislation restricting the rights of workers, the administration promptly switched to rule-making to implement its agenda, including authorizing “quickie” or “ambush” elections which stack the deck against employers.
The bottom line is that sensing their time in power may be limited, the forces of Big Labor in and out of government are hell-bent on reshaping workplace dynamics as aggressively as possible. I have been helping my clients prepare for the worst for three years, and every day that goes by validates the wisdom of that strategy.
I encourage you to reach out with any labor relations concerns you might have. You can call me directly on my cell phone (215-990-3423) or contact Georgetta McCabe, my administrative assistant, on her direct line: 800-655-2042.